The Caretaker (musician)

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The Caretaker
Birth name James Kirby
Also known as Billy Ray Cyrix, Butcher Claus, Butcher Claws, CV[ev], Dr. Fred, Edgeley Musher, The, Leon And Hits, MC V/Vm, Notorious P.I.G., The, Pole (disputed), Stranger, The, V/Vm Allstar Marching Band, V/Vm And The Hog Chorus, V/Vm With Garry's Glitter
Born 1974
Origin Stockport, England
Genres Experimental music
Dark Ambient
Noise music
Instruments computer, sampler, turntable
Years active 1996 to present
Labels V/Vm Test Records
Associated acts V/Vm
Website Official site

The Caretaker is a long-running project by electronic musician James Kirby alongside his better-known project V/Vm. Initially the project was inspired by the haunted ballroom scene in the Stanley Kubrick film The Shining, with the first several releases consisting of dark ambient with intermittent orchestral segues and flourishes.

The Caretaker releases the majority of his work on the V/Vm Test Records label.

Recently The Caretaker has shifted attention onto the processes of the brain's function in recalling memories. This has been typified by the monumental release 'Theoretically pure anterograde amnesia' which was released in 2005 as a series of 72 free MP3 downloads. In 2006 this was pressed up as a limited edition 6 CD boxset with an additional 12 tracks. Those who suffer from 'theoretically pure anterograde amnesia' will still be able to recall memories laid down before the onset of anterograde amnesia, but will exist in a transient world where anything beyond their immediate attention-span disappears permanently from their consciousness. The release itself found much critical acclaim - it was record of the week in Stylus Magazine,[1] received a favourable review in Grooves Magazine [2] and was given an honorary mention at the ARS Technica awards for Digital Musics in Austria, 2007 [3]

Older works have received critical acclaim in publications as diverse as Russian Playboy and the BBC [4] and the project was a favourite of legendary BBC Radio DJ John Peel who regularly played audio by The Caretaker on his shows.


  • Selected Memories From The Haunted Ballroom 1999
  • A Stairway To The Stars 2001
  • We'll All Go Riding On A Rainbow 2003
  • Theoretically Pure Anterograde Amnesia 2005
  • Additional Amnesiac Memories 2006 )
  • Deleted Scenes / Forgotten Dreams 2007
  • Persistent repetition of phrases 2008 (Release info)
  • An Empty Bliss Beyond This World 2011 (Release info)
  • Patience (After Sebald) 2012 (Release info)

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